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Rocky Mountain House
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.2
Persons: up to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 37478
Region: Alberta

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Last Updated: July 17, 2018

Welcome to our 5 acres of paradise just minutes outside of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada!

Oh, what a wonderfully warm summer we've been having! As we start to consider the harvest and final watering before the frost is here there are no shortage of jobs of all shapes and sizes. We are currently looking for a carpenter so If you are a hard working and ambituous person please check us out! :-)

We also have a number of motorized things (lawn mower, dirt bikes, chainsaws) on the property that need some maintenance so someone with small engine skills would be a definite asset!

We have been featured on 'The Verge Permaculture Grad Series' where we gave a tour of our farm. See video below.

We are currently re-designing our 5 acres in order to build it into a Permaculture Demonstration Farm. We are working towards the goal of producing all of our own energy, and growing (most of) our own food for a family of 6 people, and then showing other people how to do it for them selves. Our farm will not resemble a typical farm we see now, as I am exploring a model for low-energy farming. We will have on display dozens of different techniques, structures and systems that will allow us to produce phenomenal amounts of food and energy, with as little inputs as possible in terms of machinery, energy and labour.

Currently we have several types of solar energy systems installed including solar electric, solar air heating, solar cooking, and solar water heating. We have also retrofitted our old farmhouse to be super-efficient in terms of energy use, and also to improve its long-term durability.

In terms of food production, we have installed 3000 square feet of raised garden beds, as well as the initial stages of three perennial food forests. Food forests will display the twenty-five species of fruit we can grow in this climate, as well as provide a low-maintenance alternative to annual-garden production.

Hand-in-hand with food production comes food preservation and storage. In order to display these ideas, we have a root cellar under our deck, and a walk-in freezer made from a shipping container. The shipping container is underneath a hill to help moderate temperature, and will keep food frozen year round without using any outside energy inputs.

So, if you are looking for some interesting ideas, conversations or friends, stop by for a visit and a tour.

Growing and Producing Sustainable Ideas

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